Options for Earning Honors Credit

Honors students may choose from a variety of ways to earn Honors credit, many of which emphasize exploring topics or deepening knowledge and expertise related to their majors. Some options require the submission of a proposal form appropriate for the type of course or experience - your Honors advisor can help you navigate these processes.

Contract forms are due within the first month of the semester in which the project is being completed. See below calendar for specific deadline(s).

Research assistance, teaching assistance, and applied learning forms should be submitted at least three days before drop/add is over for the semester in which the HLE will be completed.

 

  • Honors Contract

    Students may collaborate directly with an instructor to turn any course into an Honors Learning Experience.
    Students can customize a project to further their understanding of the Foundations of Honors Learning.
    At the beginning of the semester, you will submit an Honors Contract proposal. If approved, you will also submit a signed faculty permission form to formalize your Contract.
    At the end of the semester, you will be asked to upload your completed Honors Contract. We will also verify with your faculty member that your Contract was completed.
    NEW for Fall 2022 – Honors Internship Co-Op Contracts will now be submitted via D2L. See the KSU Journey Honors College D2L page for more information.

    The Fall 2022 Honors Contract deadline has passed.

    • Students learn while they gain experience related to their majors by focusing on one of the Foundations of Honors Learning through a special project during an internship experience.
    • The Internship Proposal Form is due by one month from the first day of class.
    • You must also register for a co-op/internship course within your major department. Applications without a co-op/internship course within your major will not be approved.
    • Keep a reflective journal throughout the semester.
    • At the end of the semester, you'll submit a report including your reflective journal;
      • a description of your experience;
      • other products (for example, a sample of your work, screenshots, coding, art, photos) that might help you describe the work you did, incorporated into your Word or PDF document;
      • a discussion of whether you achieved the goals you set in your proposal, including goal(s) related to developing one of the Honors Foundations.
    NEW for Fall 2022 – Honors Internship Co-Op Contracts will now be submitted via D2L. See the KSU Journey Honors College D2L page for more information.
    • Topics vary by semester and may include Book Clubs or other special options.
    • View upcoming Discovery options under the COURSES tab in the navigation menu.
    • You can also view these courses in Owl Express (HON 2400). 
    • To earn an HLE through an Applied Learning experience, you'll need to fill out the proposal form below before the end of drop/add AND sign up for HON 2800 (0 hours).
    • You should spend 48 hours during a semester to earn an Applied Learning Experience HLE.
    • An applied learning experience is a less formal way than an internship to acquire hands-on experience related to your major. Some common types of applied learning include volunteering, shadowing a professional, and tutoring (in each case, the experience should be related to your major in a substantial way).
    • Keep a reflective journal throughout the semester.
    • At the end of the semester, you'll submit a report of 5-10 pages including
      • your reflective journal;
      • a description of your experience;
      • other products (for example, a sample of your work, screenshots, coding, art, photos) that might help you describe the work you did, incorporated into your Word or PDF document;
      • a discussion of whether you achieved the goals you set in your proposal, including goal(s) related to developing one of the Honors Foundations.
    To be filled out at the beginning of the semester in which the HLE will be completed:

    Applied Learning Experience Proposal Form - Spring 2023

    To be filled out at the end of the semester in which the HLE was completed:

    Applied Learning Report and Reflection Form - Fall 2022

    • Students serve as a research assistant in supervised inquiry in all disciplines. They hone investigative and critical thinking skills under the guidance of a faculty member.
    • You may sign up for this course for 0-3 hours, depending on whether you can use the hours as elective credits.
    • You should meet the professor's expectations for amount of time you spend on the research.
    • As a general guideline, spend at least 2-3 hours a week for each credit hour you earn.
    To be filled out at the beginning of the semester in which the HLE will be completed:

    Honors Research Assistance Experience form - Spring 2023

    • Students develop teaching and leadership skills and document evidence of their Honors learning while working as a Teaching Assistant with one of their professors. You may sign up for this course for 0-3 hours.
    • You should meet the professor's expectations for amount of time you spend on the class. As a general guideline, you should be in class for every class meeting and spend at least 2-3 hours a week for each credit hour you earn.

    To be filled out at the beginning of the semester in which the HLE will be completed:

    Teaching Assistance Experience form - Spring 2023

    *At the end of the semester, we will reach out to your supervisor by email to verify the completion of this experience. Beginning Fall 2021, a Report and Reflection is no longer required from the student.

    • Students develop a special course of study that is directed by a faculty member. They learn project management skills while activating deep learning in an area of study.
    • Directed Studies can be taken as HON 4400 or under your major's prefix (e.g., BIOL 4400, HIST 4400, DANC 4400).

    Directed Study Instructions

  • Please contact Dr. Nicholas Ellwanger at nellwang@kennesaw.edufor a copy of the Fall 2022 Honors Capstone Proposal Syllabus.

    You will submit a signature form showing your capstone faculty supervisor's and department/school liaison's approval at two points:

    Initial Checkpoint:

    Use this form to submit a timeline for your work and related information.

    Midterm Checkpoint:

    Use this form to submit an update on your work and related information.

    Final Checkpoint:

    Use this form to submit your final draft and related information. 

  • Please contact Dr. Nicholas Ellwanger at nellwang@kennesaw.edu for a copy of the Fall 2022 Honors Capstone Completion Syllabus.

    You will submit information and a signature form showing your capstone faculty supervisor's and department/school liaison's approval at two points:

    Initial Checkpoint:

    Use this form to submit a timeline for your work and related information.

    Midterm Checkpoint:

    Use this form to submit an update on your Capstone and related information.

    Final Checkpoint:

    Use this form to submit your Capstone project.

    Support is available for presentation of Honors projects at professional conferences.

    Once the form is completed with the appropriate signatures, please click here to submit.

    If you're an Honors student planning to graduate this semester, we'd love to hear your future plans. Please fill out the Honors Alumni form.

  • Submit your honors questions, comments, or concerns to the Honors Advisory Leadership Council.

Fall 2022 (Based on 15-Week Session)

HONORS LEARNING EXPERIENCE (HLE) DEADLINE FOR STUDENTS TO SUBMIT FORM TO LET HONORS KNOW THAT THEY'RE COMPLETING THE HLE EXACT DATE CONTRACT PROJECT/REPORT/REFLECTION DUE EXACT DATE
Honors Contracts Due within the first 30 days of the semester Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 11:59pm Contract Project /Report/Reflection is due to Honors by the last day of classes before final exams begin Monday, Dec. 5th at 11:59pm
Internships/Co-Ops with an Honors Learning Contract Due within the first 30 days of the semester Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 11:59pm Contract Project /Report/Reflection is due to Honors by the last day of classes before final exams begin Monday, Dec. 5th at 11:59pm
Honors Applied Learning Due three days before drop/add ends Tuesday, Aug. 16th at 11:59pm Report and Reflection is due to Honors by the last day of classes before final exams begin Monday, Dec. 5th at 11:59pm
Honors Research Assistant Experience Due three days before drop/add ends Tuesday, Aug. 16th at 11:59pm N/A N/A

Spring 2023 (Based on 15-Week Session)

HONORS LEARNING EXPERIENCE (HLE) HLE PROPOSAL DUE DATE FINAL PRODUCT (CONTRACT PROJECT/REPORT/REFLECTION) DUE DATE
Honors Contracts Due within the first 30 days of the semester:  Tuesday, Feb. 7th at 11:59pm Due to Honors by the last day of classes before final exams begin: Monday, May 1st at 11:59pm
Internships/Co-Ops with an Honors Learning Contract Due within the first 30 days of the semester:  Tuesday, Feb. 7th at 11:59pm Due to Honors by the last day of classes before final exams begin: Monday, May 1st at 11:59pm
Honors Applied Learning Due three days before drop/add ends:  Tuesday, Jan. 10th at 11:59pm Due to Honors by the last day of classes before final exams begin: Monday, May 1st at 11:59pm
Honors Research Assistant Experience Due three days before drop/add ends:  Tuesday, Jan. 10th at 11:59pm N/A